That being out of the way, I think I'm becoming a bit obsessed. I've been pushing myself much harder than ever to get three armies painted (or, most of three). I've been putting in long hours on the painting desk. Sometimes I go to sleep thinking about my loose time-line and wondering if I'll make it.
It doesn't help that I've been listening to Felcalls while painting. So, there I am listening to an IK themed podcast while painting my IK models and trying to cram a lot of painting into a shrinking time frame. I may have to switch to MST3K episodes... if I can get my laptop back from Angie. Hmmmm.
Hopefully, I'll get better once I get the Dethjack done - he's been taking a bit longer than I would like.
Moving along, lets do a Helpful Handy Hint:
Sometimes it can be a bit of a chore to paint you army mans. It shouldn't be. It's a hobby. You know, for fun? While it's generally a good idea to try and budget time and press for fully painted (at least in my thinking), its no good if you end up staring at half a unit and going "ugh, fuck this fucking wintergaurd".
There are ways to alleviate/prevent what can eventually become "burnout":
- Listen to something while you paint. Just something to split your attention a bit (like music while you're writing a paper) will keep you from being focused on one thing for too long. Siting at a desk whilst quietly painting and deeply concentrating can be a drag after a while.
- Split up long lines of things. Sometimes, painting 13 winterguard in a row can be lame. Painting 13 of anything in a row can be lame. Break it up. Paint them in smaller batches or paint a few and then work on another model or project. I like to paint a solo or light jack in between units or even unit halves- especially units that I foolishly gave a complicated color scheme to. Maybe even do prep on a different model/unit.
- Don't buy a whole ton of models that will sit, unpainted, and constantly remind you how much 'work' you have ahead of you before you're fully painted. Buy in moderation and only buy more when you absolutely have to. This is a big one for me. 2,000 points of metal lumps staring at me is very daunting and overwhelming.
The Podthralls: These guys are a good time. Its free and good entertainment updated weekly. Its just a bunch of freinds who play Privateer Press games and discuss them on a weekly podcast. They usually discuss a couple different models a week and go over strengths, weaknesses, tactics, synergies and such. Plus, there's a fair bit of humor with a weekly top five and some general nerd humor. They may not always know what they're talking about (heavy cav.), but they've been around the block a few times and have a lot of experience to share. Give it a try.
Finally, my progress update.
The previously mentioned Deneghra list is done. So I've got at least one fully painted list rady to rock. I also finished Tartarus and Goreshade (pending his base). The big project right now is the Deathjack. A fairly complicated model assembly wise. It's taken me a bit longer than I'd like to finish it, but it looks like I can finish him up in about 3 more days (I hope).
Then I'm on to a 10 man Bane thrall unit. First off, the models are great. Really neat looking. Unfortunately they are ALSO really complicated - 8 pieces each. 8. Eight. Ocho. Wow.
Prep work has started, but I have 50 more holes to drill (I've done 20) before they're pinned. Luckily, the scheme I've planned should be pretty quick to get done.
That's all for know. Next time we'll get some army lists and... uh.. whatzit.